It All Comes Back To The Simpsons

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

"Dude, Videotaping This Crime Spree Is The Best Idea We've Ever Had!"

As a nerd, I have long longed for anti-bully reform in our nation's statutes and school charters. My son, also a nerd (we come from a long line), has encountered the occassional bully, but thankfully only of the teasing type and not the kicking-your-ass type.

I was able to figure out by the tender age of nine that if the schools would just expel bullies, bullying would soon cease to be a problem; at least a problem of the magnitude that it now is. Most incidents of school violence, including Columbine and other school shootings, where students are described as "snapping" or "freaking out" for seemingly no reson can be traced back to bullying.

Now, even Homer Simpson can tell you that bullies can be a clever bunch, but thankfully their cleverness mostly revolves around inventive ways to torture people. And thankfully, we live in an age that treasures media exposure and publicity above all else. And that's how we get this story. Make sure to click on the video link...although girl fights just aren't as exciting with the faces all blurred:(

It's unfortunate to see that the girls were merely suspended rather than expelled, and that the victim chose not to press charges, but I do love the irony of the nerdly invention of the internet being the undoing of these bullies. Louis, Gilbert, and all the rest of the Tri-Lams must be extra proud today.


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